Meet our Board
Ibrahim Bah, of Sierra Leone origin, is an international expert who currently serves at Senior Management in the public services of the Republic of Ireland. Bah has previously served at Senior Management in the public services of the Republic of South Africa and Malaysia.
Ibrahim Bah has also provided consultancy advice to a major economy in Asia and to a country in Africa and one in the Caribbean. During his free time and upon request, Ibrahim Bah provides editorial advice to peers in areas of certain economic policies and public interest matters. Ibrahim Bah is very much interested in promoting effective and ethical communication and reporting by African journalists.
Anna Shen is a journalist, startup advisor and business strategist. She currently writes about tech, venture capital, startups, innovation, as well as sustainability and issues around international economic development.
She has worked at the United Nations, UN FAO and at the World Bank. Anna received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Dr. Rebecca Esliker
Dr. Esliker is a postgraduate level, multilingual professional with over 25 years in Human Service Agencies and Teaching fields across the globe. Possess solid experience working with various groups, including K1-12 students, children with disabilities, refugees, displaced persons, orphans, challenged young people, and the elderly.
Endowed with proven ability to establish rapport with people of all backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Skilled in motivating and inspiring clients to become self-sufficient. Posses sound leadership qualities in working with staff members and other agencies and families. Presently working in the University of Makeni as head of the Clinical Psychology department and working on projects and research.
Samatar is Service Manager with the Minnesota – based Hennepin County Library system. He has worked as a Senior Reference and Business Librarian. He has conducted several workshop training and presentations on library and information, archives, copyright licenses, project management, SharePoint, and related subjects in his area of expertise.
From 1999 to 2001, he served as a Research Assistant for archival Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. He
was responsible for evaluating and selecting periodicals and books for the African Diaspora collections. He helped incorporate selected materials into databases of digital images and bibliographic records. Samatar was the Chair of the Horn Development Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a non-governmental organization that offers education, training, and development to countries in the Horn of Africa. He serves as a Media Advisor on the board of The AfricaPaper, a local and continental newspaper covering the African immigrant communities.
Meet our Staff
Mansaray is founder and CEO of The AfricaPaper[cq], a publication of the Africa Institute for International Reporting (AIIR) that defends and supports journalists in underserved U.S. communities and post-conflict countries. Born in Sierra Leone, he has traveled throughout Africa, Europe and the United States reporting on business, health, politics, music, development, human rights, gun violence and press freedom.
His work has appeared on the BBC and in New African magazine, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, IPI World Press Freedom Review and The WorldPaper[cq]. He is a former Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Journalism, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Fellow, Dart Center at Columbia University, and Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow.
Mansaray researches ideas to support and sustain community news outlets and post-conflict media organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Webster University, St. Louis; Advance Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism from City University of New York (CUNY), and a master’s from Columbia Journalism School in New York. Mansaray is an award-winning journalist, educator and has worked as a press freedom researcher at the International Press Institute (IPI).